The Boogeyman (1980 film)
Theatrical Poster for The Boogeyman
|Directed by||Ulli Lommel|
|Produced by||Ulli Lommel
|Written by||Ulli Lommel|
|Music by||Tim Krog|
|Editing by||Terrell Tannen|
|Distributed by||The Jerry Gross Organization
|Release dates||November 7, 1980|
|Running time||82 min
85 min (UK Extended version)
|Box office||4,500,000 (USA)
The Boogeyman is a 1980 American supernatural slasher horror film directed by Ulli Lommel and stars Suzanna Love, John Carradine and Ron James. The film concerns about a two children, Michael and Lacey who are punished from their mother's boyfriend, but soon takes revenge as Michael stabs the boyfriend with a kitchen knife while Lacey sees a hanged mirror witnessing the event. 20 years later, Lacey and Michael, now adults are being terrorized by an unseen force and now what they believe as, the spirit of their mother's boyfriend is starting to strike up for revenge on the two.
The film was known to be mostly inspired by John Carpenter's Halloween, mainly due to a lot of scenes being similar to Carpenter's film, for example, the boyfriend's death scene is a silimar-noted scene from Halloween where young Michael stabs his older sister with a kitchen knife.
It was followed by Boogeyman 2, and Return of the Boogeyman.
The film opens with Michael and Lacey as children watch their mother with her lover preparing to have sex. While the mother notices this, The mother's boyfriend ties Willy to a bed and tells Lacey to get to bed, but Lacey frees him with a grabbed Kitchen knife and Willy soon takes revenge. While the Boyfriend has sex with the Mother, Willy enters the room and repeatedly stabs his Mother's boyfriend to death with the Kitchen knife to his back as the murder is being witnessed by a reflecting mirror on the wall.
20 years later, Lacey, now an adult is married with a young son and lives with her aunt and uncle on a farm. Willy also lives with them, but has not spoken a word since the night he killed his mother's lover, and sometimes, Willey takes various knives from the kitchen and hides them in a drawer
Lacey is afraid that strange things will happen and worries a lot. Later at night, Lacey has a nightmare where she is dragged and tied to a bed and gets stabbed from a Kitchen knife from an unseen person. Her husband takes her to a psychiatrist to try to help her confront her fears, and they decide to visit both Lacey's mother and the house she grew up in, while Lacey's Mother's raised a new sister and little brother in which, the little brother always shouts out "Boogeyman" and tries to scare Lacey. At the house, however, Lacey sees a reflection of her mother's dead lover coming towards her in a mirror in the bedroom where he died, and smashes the mirror in a panic with a chair. Her husband takes the broken mirror with him in an attempt to repair it, but a piece is left behind which later glows red as her Mother's sister is killed by an unseen force in which stabs her neck with scissors and her brother by his neck being crushed from a window. Lacey's Mother comes in, only to see the sister and brother killed and sees the broken piece on the ground and uses water on it, only to see the glass piece turned to flames and Lacey's Mother is killed from a cabinet in which, bludgeons to her death. Willy is also having problems with mirrors seeing his reflection in one causes him to nearly strangle a girl and so he paints all the mirrors in the house black. Later, pieces of a broken mirror in a bag at his feet cause a pitchfork to levitate and nearly impaling him, but misses the attack and being saved from it.
Another shard from the broken mirror becomes stuck to Lacey's son's shoe, and when it reflects the sunlight onto a group of nearby teens they are also killed, including a couple who are killed when the boyfriend is stabbed through the back of the neck with a screwdriver while the blade exiting through his mouth, while his girlfriend is then forced into the car from the car's door and pushes her onto the screwdriver's blade, killing her as well. Soon, Lacey then tries to get in the house, only to see that her shirt starts to tear apart from an unseen force.
Later, Lacey's husband brings in the family priest to investigate the mirror, only to see that when the priest's hand touches the mirror, the mirror turns red and soon, a piece of the mirror floats from the mirror and becomes lodged over Lacey's eye and she becomes possessed by the evil spirit of her mother's lover. It is only through the actions of the family priest that the shard is removed (In which, the family priest gets killed by various floating knives) and thrown into water, where it bursts into flames as he dies from his wounds. The remainder of the mirror is thrown into a well, where the same thing happens, as a explosion releases and thus, destroying the mirror once and for all.
The film ends with Lacey, her husband and the children visiting the graveyard and leaves, only to notice that one last mirror shard, missed by Lacey and her husband, glowing red on the ground, showing that the terror is not over and setting up the events for the sequel
- Suzanna Love as Lacey
- Ron James as Jake
- John Carradine as Dr. Warren
- Nicholas Love as Willy
- Raymond Boyden as Kevin
The film has been released on DVD twice in the United States. The first release was in 1999 by Anchor Bay Entertainment alongside Lommel's The Devonsville Terror (1983). This version is currently out of print. It was subsequently re-released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in 2005 alongside Lommel's Return of the Boogeyman (1994).
Some critics have said that director Lommel was inspired by John Carpenter's Halloween when he made The Boogeyman, most notably because of the similarities in the musical score and the fact that the killer in both films is a silent man with his face obscured as to make him effectively featureless. In fact, the protagonist characters in Halloween specifically refer to that film's killer as being, in effect, a physical embodiment of the "boogeyman" legend.
The film also uses several apparent pieces of folklore and superstition regarding mirrors – as well as the belief that it is bad luck to break a mirror, the film also discusses the belief that breaking a mirror releases everything the mirror has ever 'seen' and that placing the pieces of a broken mirror into a bag and burying it will counteract the bad luck from breaking the mirror. Additionally, there is the belief that a mirror in a room where someone has died will show the dead person looking back over the shoulder of anyone looking into the mirror. All this was used in the Mexican translation of the film title, released as "El espejo asesino" (the killer mirror) 
A sequel-of-sorts was filmed in 1981, but unreleased until 1983. Directed by Bruce Starr and an uncredited Ulli Lommel, it was written by Starr, Lommel and the original film's star, Suzanna Love, although the writing goes uncredited in the film. In The Boogeyman 2, Lacey is approached by a group of Hollywood phonies to make a movie based on her experiences. Lacey travels to Hollywood, to the home of a film director (played by Ulli Lommel himself), where she brings along the last surviving haunted mirror shard from the end of the first movie as proof to her horrifying experiences. One by one, the phonies are killed by the mirror spirit who possesses the body of the director's manservent. Boogeyman 2 is padded with many flashback sequences from the first film.
Return of the Boogeyman (or Boogeyman 3) was released in 1994, which is largely constructed around numerous flashbacks to this film as well.
Lommel has expressed interest in making a fourth film, tentatively titled Boogeyman 4D. 
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